Floor count 4
Structural system Brick
Architectural style Victorian architecture
Architect John Loughborough Pearson
|Location Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, England|
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Quarwood or Quar Wood is a Victorian house in Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, England. It was owned for 27 years by The Who's bassist John Entwistle.
Map of Quarwood, Cheltenham, UK
The Rhenish Gothic house is built on a hill in Lower Swell, approached by a long driveway and through an entrance with two stone pillars decorated with lion plinths. The house, which includes a saddle roof and open loggia, has 55 rooms.
The main hallway features a cantilevered staircase with wrought-iron balustrade and oak handrail which leads to a galleried landing. A formal drawing room has an open fireplace with a timber surround. The Cotswold landscape is visible through picture windows, and formal gardens include terraces and a croquet lawn facing south toward the Dikler river valley. When Entwistle bought the home, he installed two recording studios, one on the main floor and one on the top floor, and a bar with game rooms. Known for a macabre sense of humour, Entwistle kept skeletons in the master bedroom to frighten guests.
The grounds enclose 42 acres, including parkland, fish ponds, paddocks, garages, woodlands and seven cottages.
The house was designed by architect John Loughborough Pearson and built in 1856–59 for £8,000 (equivalent to £670,000 in 2015) for Reverend Robert William Hippisley, who was the local parish priest (rector) (1844-1899). The parish's lucrative farming and malting across its 12.7 km2 (5 sq mi) provided a then-record salary for that parish of £525 by 1870. Pearson had previously designed Treberfydd in Brecknockshire for Robert Raikes (1818–1901), Hippisley's brother-in-law and grandson of Robert Raikes, a wealthy Anglican minister who increased junior education during and after the Industrial Revolution through expanding a nationwide charity for Sunday Schools. Pearson had completed restoration work on St Edward's Church.
Quarwood was extensively remodeled in 1954–58 by Sir Denys Lowson. John Entwistle and his wife Alison bought the property as a weekend retreat in 1976, and Entwistle occupied the house until his death in 2002. In 2004 his son Christopher offered the house for sale at a price of £3.75 million (equivalent to £5,190,000 in 2015). Entwistle's ashes were buried in the grounds. The house is currently owned by Piet Pulford.